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  • Dan on Matthew 7:3
    When combined with Verses 1 & 2, the major concept seems to be a discussion of hypocrisy. "1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

    All of the individual points have merit on their own, but the true power of the lesson is when they are all combined.

    When the above verses are cross-referenced to John 8:7 the entire concept and truth can be fully understood. In John 8:7, a prostitute was about to be stoned to death for adultery. Jesus intervened, and the crowd began questioning him. John 8:7 says, (paraphrased) "When the crowd continued to question Jesus, he stood up and said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

    In the end, the lesson is that we are ALL sinners and fall short of God's glory. And since none of us is perfect, who are we to harshly judge others? Upon examination and reflection, few would want to be judged themselves with the same voracity that they judge others.


 


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